We talk to Alienware about Steam Machine.
One of the more clearly custom designs at Valve's Steam Machines event came from Alienware. Granted, the black box on display at the event was just an empty shell with nothing more than colorful LEDs, but our talks with the company indicated that there's some careful engineering going into the hardware. Unlike some of the competition, Alienware will be shipping its Steam Machine with SteamOS as the only option. Customers who want to run other OS on this hardware will have to hack their own way.